It has long been alleged that officials in the Roosevelt administration knew, in surprising detail, about Adolf Hitler's plans to exterminate all the Jews in Nazi Europe--and that these officials did little to prevent the massacre, refusing asylum to shiploads of Jewish refugees and failing to order the bombing of railway lines leading to Auschwitz, Treblinka, and other concentration camps. David S. Wyman examines the evidence, concluding that senior American officials could indeed have saved many thousands, if not millions, of European Jews by intervening earlier. In this controversial work, he suggests, with good cause, that a combination of anti-Semitism and indifference to anything not perceived as being of direct strategic importance to the United States indirectly led to countless deaths. --Gregory McNamee
From Library Journal
LJ's reviewer dubbed this "a comprehensive and well-written narrative on `America's response to the Nazi assault on European Jews.'" Though Wyman does place blame, he also explains why the country and its leaders responded as they did to the Final Solution. This edition contains a new afterword by the author. It remains one of the "best" titles on the subject.
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